Howard University provides a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet your needs and the needs of your family. Howard provides a range of diverse options, including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, disability benefits and a retirement savings plan.

We also offer additional benefits, including commuter benefits, an employee assistance program , long-term care benefits, a group legal program and a host of other programs discounted for you just for being employees of Howard University.

Available Benefits

Base (Core) Benefits
  • Medical coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Basic life insurance and Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage
  • Disability coverage
  • Retirement benefits
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition remission benefits
Voluntary Benefits
  • SmarTrip commuter benefits
  • Long-term care benefits
  • Group legal program
  • Additional life insurance and AD&D coverage
  • Pet insurance coverage
  • AFLAC program (including optional short-term disability)
  • Universal Whole Life Insurance coverage
  • Howard University Federal Credit Union


You are eligible for benefits if you are an active, full-time faculty or staff member of Howard University. Full-time employees include those who are regularly scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week (prorated benefits are available for certain union members who work at least 20 hours per week).

If you elect coverage, your dependents are also eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Eligible dependents include:

  • Your legal spouse, including your same-sex spouse. If you choose to cover a same-sex spouse, you will pay the same cost and receive the same coverage as you would for a spouse. Please note, however, that covering a same-sex spouse result in additional tax liability (imputed income). If your relationship ends, you will need to notify the Office of Human Resources, Benefits & Pension Administration at 202-806-1280 (University) or 202-865-6897 and 202-806-3631 (Hospital).
  • Your legal child(ren). Child includes your natural, adopted or foster child(ren), stepchild(ren), your same-sex spouse’s child(ren) or any child for whom you have legal custody. Eligible children include:
    • Your children up to age 26
    • Your mentally or physically disabled children of any age if they rely on you for support and became disabled before age 19



Please note: the information on this website is only a summary of the benefit plans and other employee programs offered to employees of Howard University. In the event of any discrepancies between the information on this website and official plan documents the plan documents supersede.